Will, Shubhi, and Bronwyn: Let us introduce you to some of our eighth grade students

During the month of June, we’re running a blog series to introduce you to our eighth grade students. They’re extraordinary people. We can’t wait to see how they make their mark on the world!

will

Next fall Will will attend St. Peter’s Prep as an Ignatian Scholar. He’s looking forward to becoming more independent. Making new friends. Participating in rowing. Track. And baseball.

Reflecting on how he’s grown during his time at MSS, Will points to how much his writing skills have improved. He’s grateful for the help of Ms. Decker, his seventh grade language arts teacher. She made writing interesting. Improved Will’s vocabulary.  Pushed him to read more. And taught him to enjoy reading by helping him find books at the right reading level.

Will used to struggle in math but has since become a confident mathematician. He’d like to thank Mr. Lawrence, who sparked Will’s interest in problem-solving by teaching him how to strategically solve algebra problems. Will found Mr. Lawrence’s I LOVE Math Day problems particularly enjoyable and challenging.

Not only has he improved academically, but Will has also matured as a person.  Through the many opportunities for service at MSS, Will has become a servant and looks for ways to help people in need.  He’s also developed interpersonal skills and become a leader. He plans to put all of these skills to good use in the years ahead.  While he will miss Mustard Seed, Will’s eager to move on to the challenges of high school.

Shubhi

As Shubhi prepares to attend Trinity School in the fall, she’s eager to try new sports. Be challenged academically. And make new friends. She hopes to adjust well to the new school environment and also keep in touch with her old friends.

Math and Language Arts come naturally to Shubhi: they’re her favorite subjects. She always looks forward to those classes, no matter how much homework her teachers give her. 

Shubhi plans to become a Neuroscientist. She wants to learn how the brain works and help people who struggle with mental illness.

When Shubhi joined MSS in third grade, she was very quiet. She remembers the day that one of her classmates ask her for help with homework. Soon they were friends.

Many people have helped Shubhi over her time at MSS. She wants to give special thanks to Señora Oro-Han, her Spanish teacher. Señora has always encouraged her in Spanish class. And been an adult that she could trust over the years. Shubhi also wants to thank her friends. They’ve supported her throughout her educational journey and been a part of many cherished memories.

As Shubhi leaves Mustard Seed School, she will miss the community and everyone in it. She’ll remember all that Mustard Seed School has done for her. Honor the lessons that she’s learned since her first day. 

bronwyn

Thrilled to be through the rigorous high school application process, Bronwyn has decided to attend Notre Dame. She looks forward to studying French. Soccer. Drama Club. Glee Club. And, of course, meeting new people.

At Mustard Seed, Bronwyn has learned to be herself. To not worry about what other people think about her. Collaborate and work well with others. The many service projects at MSS–from collecting baby food to bringing clothes to the homeless shelter– have inspired Bronwyn. She now volunteers at a local food pantry outside of school.

Bronwyn is going to miss Chorus. Worship team. Worship. And every single one of her classes. She’s found them to be fun and interesting. Each and every teacher deserves a huge thank you, according to Bronwyn, because she’s learned so much.  She’d especially like to thank Ms. McCallihan for infusing fun into the school day and helping Bronwyn learn math. Ms. Buys for her help and relatability. Mr. Licato for his advice and helping Bronwyn grow as an athlete. Sra. Oro-Hahn for teaching Spanish and guitar. And she will always remember Ms. Kuperus, her third grade teacher. One time Bronwyn was feeling worried about how she would perform in school when she was older and confided in Ms. Kuperus. Ms. Kuperus told her that she could call any time and she would help. This made Bronwyn feel comforted and loved.

As for future goals, Bronwyn hopes to be a soccer player.  A musician. Film director. Or actress. But no matter what she does, she hopes that she pursues her dreams in a way that helps others.

Abby Liu

ABBY LIU, Director of Marketing and Communications

Ms. Liu loves to tell the Mustard Seed story. She’s the parent of a current MSS student and a recent alum.